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Ear hygiene: simple tips and tricks to keep them clean

It is essential to maintain proper hygiene of the ears, and avoid the use of dangerous elements, such as cotton swabs.

Did you know that the human body has its own system for cleaning the ears? Its “operation” is actually very simple: the crewmen or wax (waxy and yellowish substance secreted in the ear canal) that accumulates inside it dries and tends to fall by its own weight, so that with it it drags all those impurities that have accumulated inside the ear.

Although ear hygiene is extremely important for its care, it is very common that we do not really give it the importance it has, especially when it comes to carrying out the most correct hygiene possible.

Contrary to what is traditionally thought, it is not recommended to use cotton swabs, since they can push the wax every time we use them, and form what is medically known as a wax plug, which can carry certain risks for our hearing health, causing temporary hearing loss, pain, and auto phony (feeling that when we speak, we hear our own voice).

Tips for proper and proper ear hygiene

Use of seawater diffusers

They are useful because they help soften the wax plug, self-eliminating it while they are useful for cleaning our ears not only inside, but also outside. Currently on the market you can find different diffusers of seawater specially made for cleaning and hygiene of the ears, which act in a natural and effective way.

It is very easy to use them. You just have to tilt your head and apply the product by pressing lightly on the plastic nozzle, then keeping your head upright and leaving it to act for 25 minutes.

You can also use moistened cotton and place it at the entrance of the ear hole once you have applied the product. In this way, you will ensure that it is maintained during the time in which it must act.

Did you know that it is not advisable to use a cotton swab?

Neither an ear swab nor any other utensil that presses the wax inward. Therefore, this type of utensil is only suitable for cleaning the outside of the ear, never inserting it inside.

In addition, not only do they make it more difficult to remove the earwax, but it can lead to perforations, wounds, lacerations, infections and hearing loss if you insert them too far inside.

Don’t clean your ears with your nails

How many times have you not inserted your nail or finger into your ear to clean it or simply because it itches… However, it is a risk for its hygiene, since you will only be able to introduce dirt, infections and press the wax inwards.

Moreover, it is quite likely that your nails contain bacteria and other harmful elements that, when introduced into the ear, end up altering its natural micro biota, causing infections.

What is the best time of day to clean your ears?

Without a doubt during the shower or bath, since the skin is moist, which helps to remove earwax more easily?

Also, in most cases, especially if you wash your hair or hair with shampoo, you do not need to do anything to remove it from your ears: it is removed naturally with the help of soap and water.

Of course, with the help of a towel you can dry them a little.

Every how many days should we clean our ears?

It is recommended to do it on alternate days, leaving 2 or 3 days between each cleaning.  But beware, if you are going to use ear swabs, you should only use them outside, to carefully remove any dirt that may exist in this part of the ear. Never bring them indoors.


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